if you’re serious, you’ll go all out

you can’t connect the dots looking forward

You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So, you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path. And that will make all the difference. Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma: which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
– Steve Jobs

Fear kills hope. Fear kills dreams. Fear puts people in the hospital. Fear can age you. Can hold you back from doing something, that you know within yourself that you are capable of doing, but it will paralyze you. The fears we don’t face become our limits. Don’t allow your emotions to control you. We are emotional, but you want to begin to discipline and contain your emotions. If you don’t discipline and contain your emotions – they will use you.

Now.

You want it. And you’re going to go all out to have it. It’s not going to be easy, when you want to change, it’s not easy. If it were in fact easy, everybody would do it. But if you’re serious, you’ll go all out. Accept where you are and the responsibility that you’re going to take yourself where you want to go. Live your life with some drive! Decide that you’re going to push yourself! The last chapter to your life has not been written yet and it doesn’t matter about what happened yesterday. It doesn’t matter about what happens to you, what matters is: what are you going to do about it?

your playing small doesn’t serve the world

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and faboulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
– Nelson Mandela